But just a few hours later the military claimed the planned activities were no longer going ahead and the evacuation was cancelled.
Some media reports indicated that previous tests of the Burevestnik had been conducted on the barren Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya and the Kapustin Yar testing range in southern Russian Federation. The Russian Defence Ministry says the missile will have an "unlimited range" and be able to overcome "any enemy defences".
What has been revealed so far is that the explosions occurred near the Arkhangelsk shipping port in a part of the White Sea.
The city administration in Severodvinsk, which has a huge shipyard that builds nuclear submarines, said the radiation levels there rose to 2 microsieverts per hour - approximately 20 times the area's average reading - for about 30 minutes on August 8.
A nuclear-powered engine was being tested near the village of Nyonoksa, to the west of Severodvinsk, Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom said.
Children were sent home from school and the 185,000 residents of Severodvinsk were warned to stay in doors and close the windows.
The explosion sparked panic among locals, with some rushing to buy medical iodine, which can limit the effects of radiation.
The type of rocket has not been officially named but many observers have suggested it was likely the Burevestnik (Petrel). The Burevestnik is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. Military experts have said the explosion occurred in Russian Federation while testing some new fuel. Donald Trump also tweeted about the blast. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. It has served as the main ground for testing a variety of missiles used by the Soviet and then Russian navy ever since.
However, at well over 60%, it is still high compared to many other world leaders.
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